I love reading the . WTG everyone on getting exercise in! and sometimes getting creative about it
I've recently realized how much of my strength and endurance I've lost over the past year. Part has been my wrist surgeries and the other has been a constant battle with low level asthma flares. Time to turn it around!
I joined a group of women mountain bikers to get a customized exercise plan for upper body, lower body and endurance. We had our first online meeting last night and did body assessments. I got my workout calendar this morning! I'm hoping the group will keep me motivated and on target. It's a 6 week program.
Some of the things we talked about last night were expectations and goals. For expectations, the message was "believe in yourself" and you can accomplish your goal. If you believe you can do something, it's more likely you will be able to. If you go in thinking you can't, you set yourself up for failure before you've even started.
The other part was setting a goal – we had to pick a section of trail that we struggle with but want to master. It had to be something personal and reasonable. Not riding some double black diamond if that isn't our current level. We had to write this down and stick it on the fridge, then share a photo with the group. Having a tangible and visible goal to work toward is our motivation.
It really resonated with me. We talk a lot about "getting more exercise" because "it's good for our health" – but that's not always enough motivation to keep at it. Especially if there is no tangible goal to measure success.